Worse Things Happen at Sea by William McInnes and Sarah Watt

Courtesy of Hatchette Worse Things Happen at Sea by Australian actor William McInnes and his wife, filmmaker and animator Sarah Watts, is a wonderful celebration of Australian life, families, relationships, parenting, renovating and much more. Each chapter, written by either William or Sarah, takes an intimate look at a stage or event in their lives that has ...

10 Short Stories You Must Read in 2011

Always a great introduction to new authors, this short story collection is part of Get Reading!, Australia’s largest annual celebration of reading and books. There are some fabulous Australian authors included in the book; some established, some newbies. The book programme is an Australian Government initiative aimed at promoting books and reading amongst all Australians. It ...

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks – Book Review

Caleb’s Crossing by Australian-born Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks is the amazing story of the first Native American Indian to graduate from Harvard University in 1665. Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck hails from Brooks’ current stomping ground, Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts. It was the fact that Caleb graduated in the 1660s and not the 1960s at ...

Last Chance Café by Liz Byrski

Western Australian author Liz Byrski’s new novel Last Chance Café looks at growing old in a new light.   We are a society obsessed with staying young and beautiful and rarely does literature tackle the right to grow old and enjoy the process. A round of applause for Byrski.   The book is filled with some wonderful characters and ...

Life in Seven Mistakes: A Novel by Susan Johnson

Families can be dysfunctional and messy, especially when it comes to spending the holiday season together. Life in Seven Mistakes by Susan Johnson is a satirical look at what happens to three generations of the Barton family when they get together over a ten-day period to celebrate Christmas and the golden wedding anniversary of ...

Elizabeth Costello by JM Coetzee

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South African born Australian citizen JM Coetzee is a Nobel Laureate and a multi-award winning author who is well loved in Australia. I have read some of his fiction before so was looking forward to Elizabeth Costello, the story of a distinguished Australian writer who travels the world delivering a series of lectures. Unfortunately for the first ...